stone retaining wall levels out the 45-degree slope of the
backyard. The circular interlacing brick pattern from the front
entrance is repeated on the patio, which is in view from an
upper deck. "I wanted to make the patio look great from
above, not just while you are on it," landscape designer
James Drzewiecki says.
didn’t want to be a slave to his garden, so when he hired Ginkgo
Leaf Studios, Cedarburg, to renovate the landscape at his Menomonee
Falls home, he made that point very clear.
all clients say, wanted a low-maintenance landscape," says Ginkgo’s
James Drzewiecki. "We ask our clients how many hours per week
they want to spend on landscaping. Tom crossed out ‘week’ and put
‘month,’" Drzewiecki says. "One hour per month."
an architect-turned-landscape designer, got to work creating a
landscape plan that was low-maintenance and a showcase for Halquist’s
business, Halquist Stone in Sussex.
natural materials, such as irregular flagstone and clay brick to play
off the subtle Craftsman feel of the home. "I didn’t want to
use materials that looked too contemporary or modern," he says.
"I focused first on the hardscape because of his interest in
created a more impressive front walk that includes a circular landing
surrounded by ornamental grasses saved from the previous landscape.
"That gave the landscape a more mature patina," Drzewiecki
says of reusing the plants.
perennials provide continuous and colorful blooms from spring through
fall, with some, such as the Japanese lilac tree’s shiny coppery
bark, providing winter interest, too. Yet the thoughtful plan that
integrates architecture and nature does not require constant upkeep.
"This is pretty much a leave-it-alone landscape," Drzewiecki
colorful perennials in the front of the house is one of the
signature elements of a Ginkgo Leaf Studios design, landscape
designer James Drzewiecki says. Drzewiecki created the landscape
plan for the former MBA Parade of Homes house in Menomonee
Falls, and Stone Oak Landscapes completed the installation.
blooms from allium, an ornamental onion, red daylillies and
other perennials line the walkway to the home’s entrance.
"Allium is a relative of the chive," Drzewiecki says.
"They look great when the foliage first comes out and are
stunning in full flower. As the flowers fade, they turn a nice
tan color and look good right into fall."
pattern of the irregular flagstone and clay brick walkway
showcases Halquist Stone products and plays off the home’s
architecture. "When I thought of Craftsman Style, I
immediately thought of stained-glass windows," Drzewiecki
says. "(That) inspired the front walk. I was trying to
avoid one long line of concrete."